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Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 2:27 pm
 


By Gary Parrish


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Terrence Jones was the Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 pick in next June's NBA Draft.

But is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky's best player?

It's a fair question to ask after the freshman wing got 24 points and 19 rebounds in the third-ranked Wildcats' 69-62 victory over No. 4 Louisville here at Rupp Arena. Because though there were better prospects (Davis) and bigger stars (Jay Z and Ashley Judd) in the building on Saturday, there wasn't a more important college basketball player on the court than the kid with the hyphenated name on the back of his jersey who dominated this rivalry game from the opening tip till the final buzzer.

He was terrific.

The Camden native had 16 points and nine rebounds at the half, and his motor never stopped. Kidd-Gilchrist continued to defend like crazy on one end of the court and make winning plays on the other, none of which were bigger than his offensive rebound and putback with 3:41 remaining. Louisville's Kyle Kuric fouled Kidd-Gilchrist on the shot but the ball still went in. As it fell though the net, Kidd-Gilchrist, with his back to the rim, stood and flexed. He then made the ensuing free throw, Kentucky led 61-50 and Louisville never got closer than seven points again.

So now Kentucky is 13-1 and Louisville is 12-2.

Bragging rights belong in Lexington for at least another year.

Credit Kidd-Gilchrist as the main reason why.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE
Comments

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:22 am
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

CALL ME CRAZY... but there's one player UK cannot live without when it comes to running the table in New Orleans, and it ain't MKG, Anthony Davis, or Daruis Miller. Sure they all have their nights when they carry the team to victory. A case can be made for each one, but I'm talking absolute bread and butter when you must have a hoop, a three, or foul shots... gimme Doron Lamb.

He's ice water when it is ALL oN THE LINE. he plays defense, can penetrate and dish or score the floater, and god knows if he gets fouled... GAME OVER. Surer, I've seen him miss some late game freethrows, never a shot, but none of them cost us the game. If the game is on the line... get it to DL... he'll make you lok good and the opponents PAY!



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

Stat stuffer as Dickie V would say ;l




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Who was Kentucky's most important player today ?

Tony Green & his 2 hacks who reffed  & changed the entire game .. Only hope & pray We get UK again in March on nuetral Court & Competant Refs  !!  Must admit tho-- Hope to see Ashley there as well  !!  WOW!!!



Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

How many of those turnovers were because the person the pass was intended for bobbled the catch.  There were some that were suspect.  But the blame isn't entirely on Miller.



Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

Since the Cincy-Xavier fiasco, NCAA have a red board with highlighted games for refs to be on High Alert. This game was at the top of the list. Refs were going to call this one tight and assess a technical early no matter what it was for, to set a tone. That's the way it is. You can bet that Cuse/Uconn, Cuse G-town. G=Town/Uconn will be the same way.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

But, the officiating wasn't tight.  That was the problem.  There were so many hacks (a few muggings, even) and traveling calls that were missed, it was ridiculous.  Neither of the technical fouls assesed while were warrented.  People are bagging on Tony Greene (lead ref), but he actually did a great job.  It was the other two hacks in his crew that screwed the pooch.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

Absolutely! I've seen numerous outstanding freshmen at UK through the years (Chapman, Mashburn, Patterson, Mercer, Wall, Cousins, Knight, Jones, etc.), but I've never seen one play with so much maturity this early. His poise, hustle and leadership are what you hope to get in a Junior or Senior. Chad Ford says he is now a consensus lottery pick, so I guess we'll just have to enjoy him all the more in this his only season in college. NBA/NCAA please scrap the one-and-done rule!




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

Teague is no Knight.  He needs to have Coach Norman Dale show him how to "snap" a pass.
I'd just as soon see Darius Miller learn it first, then teach Teague.  8 TO's from your Senior is totally unacceptable at any time, but especially in a rivalry game like this one.  I don't know why he makes such lazy passes but UofL sure feasted on them.

Still, lest we forget, GREAT WIN 'CATS!!!



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

U of L's 2nd road game was predictable.  Key: UK shut down the three. Kuric was a non-factor.  Teague is no Knight.  He needs to have Coach Norman Dale show him how to "snap" a pass.  Anyway, U of L is now the 3rd best team in the Bluegrass.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?

I honestly felt Louisville got the better end of the officiating, but I won't bitch about the refs with a win......but if that last second heave doesn't drop and we shoot even 40% this is a 20+ point game......nice effort Cards, lovely parting gifts at the door........

NEXT !!! 


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